Coffee Farm in Kona, Hawai‘i
ABOUT RED BOURBON
Bourbon coffee is a different variety of Arabica, and is considered to be one of the most culturally and genetically important varieties of Arabica coffee in the world.
Though it shares the same name as the American whiskey, the coffee variety is usually pronounced “boor-BOHN”, which follows French pronunciation more closely.
Bourbon, like all coffee, originated in Ethiopia. It first traveled to Yemen in the 17th century. From there, French missionaries carried the seeds to Bourbon Island just east of Madagascar (now called La Réunion)—giving it the name it has today. Bourbon coffee seeds did not leave the island until the mid-1800s, when it was introduced to Brazil, already one of the world’s premier coffee regions. Bourbon coffee was highly prized and cultivated by Brazilian farmers, then rapidly spread north into other parts of South and Central America.
Today, Bourbon coffee is grown in many regions, finally reaching Kona in the last few years. Its characteristics vary depending on where it is grown. A change in altitude, origin, or processing method can bring out dramatically different characteristics in the cup. Red Bourbon is generally recognized for its complex and full-bodied cup profile, with bright acidity and prominent sweetness.
In the hands of our local farmer, it has a unique, remarkable flavor. Lovingly planted and tended, with farm-made organic fertilizer and ideal growing conditions, our Red Bourbon is a unicorn among Kona Coffees.
Elevation: 2000 ft